Best Weekend Ever!

This memorial weekend was Juneau at its best, and we all enjoyed it! It started out with catching a skiff ride (with Nathan, Amanda, and Adam) out to Portland Island. Nathan had staked out the best sandy beach camp site (and there was only one other group on the whole side of the island–they were out of sight). The panoramic image tries to give you a sense of it (if you click on the image, you’ll get a “movie” which should load up in your browser or with quicktime and you will be able to navigate around the panorama with your mouse and control/shift for zoom).

It was incredibly relaxing, with a great beach walk. The sun was overpowering. Whales swam by three different times, sea lions visited, eagles, kingfishers, ravens, fish jumping… Torsten had a hard time getting to sleep before 10pm (despite waking up at 6am that morning!) and we all were over-sunned, over-stimulated, and happy relaxing. Carrie made (well-deserved) fun of Matt for using the iphone to email a few photos to the grandparents from camp (see them all at the gallery), but when Matt got the voicemail from Marijke that they couldn’t go up on the glacier with Era helicopters, and there was no need for Matt to hurry back to Juneautopia, we were happy to get the news.

We went on home, were a bit exhausted, but rallied to go to False Outer Point on Douglas for Eran’s 40th birthday (happy birthday!). Torsten got a nap in the car, then was ready for rock climbing and fun with the kids at the party.

On Sunday, we met Dave, Lori, and Garret for a hike up the East Glacier Trail at Mendenhall. Matt did some more playing around with the panoramas, so from one of the outlooks along the trail:

Torsten was showing his roots:

Our camera had a rough time keeping up with us this weekend–it took lots of pictures, but the digital display/viewfinder gave out, so we have a few more random pictures and a few less pictures we meant to take.  But we got some good ones!  Here’s Carrie and Torsten at the AJ falls:

After the hike, Matt spent some time on the roof, preparing for wireless computer connections to Lemon Creek Glacier and Carrie and Torsten worked in the yard. We went out for a bike ride with Torsten’s new trail-a-bike. He rode approximately four miles!

We biked over to Chip, Missy, and Adelie’s for some baseball, a great “local food” dinner (grilled salmon and scallops, with a Devil’s Club sauce, a fiddle head salad, and some fresh bread and strawberries (we broke the “local” part with the strawberries we brought, but Torsten is on a big strawberry kick at the moment, and they were delicious!

Since this was Memorial Day Weekend, we finally got the weekend we’ve been craving–one with three days! We took Torsten over to Garrett’s house (and the babysitter there) and we went with Dave and Lori on their “anniversary kayak”. Again, Matt got to play with the panorama:

Here’s the whole kayak gallery (for Dave and Lori!).

Other folks with cameras got photos of us, and perhaps we’ll add more details in a later blog-update, but this is getting long enough (or too long).

Juneau gave us great weather and we did our best to take advantage of it!

We miss the Pomazjl’s!

Carrie and Torsten hosted a farewell party for Kristen, Willa, and Ava.  Matt and Jarrod were both in denial (actually both out of town on travel).  We really miss those guys now, and have a few pictures from the party.  We hope to visit them in Portland sometime soon!  Jarrod will be through town to wrap up Coast Guard stuff and get the car to transport down, so we’ll get to see him for about week, which will be great.

We miss ya!


Here’s the gallery of all the pictures from the party.

Adelie and Torsten climb

Another Thursday, and Matt is teaching, Carrie is at yoga, and Grams is watching Torsten at the gym.  In addition to climbing with Adelie (and Chip), shown below (as usual, with blurry photos of Torsten in action!), the Biology club was showing an IMAX movie about deep sea submarines and black smokers–Torsten enjoyed the pizza and movie!  (Adelie is a great safe climber, checking Torsten’s figure 8.)


Ava Movies

More movies from Ava and Willa visiting! Enjoy. Did you know Ava has a brother? 🙂

Nemo and Bob The Builder/Cowboy

Adelie came to visit our new place–she brought Missy, Chip, Blokus, and some great clothes.  She and Torsten had a blast playing while we all enjoyed Blokus.  Bob is nice and safe with the reflective vest!

Nemo and Bob  Bob and Nemo

Yep, we’re catching up on a little blogging, we hope!

Hike to Chuvena

We drove from Fairbanks (thanks for lending the car and gear, Anne & Don!) to Chuvena.  By amazing total-lack-of-coordinating, both the Robinson clan and the Talus-Heavner clan were running exactly the same amount late, and we pulled into the parking area within one minute of each other!  After an instant friendship (memory?) in the parking lot:

We had a great hike into the cabin (Harlow and Matt working as camels, seen below).


Then we got to the cabin and all enjoyed saunas, canoeing, catching up, lounging around, etc..


The whole gang got in for a dock picture (that’d be, from left-to-right, Dave, Alice (rear-end), Harlow, Carrie, Eli, Riley, Blair, Shawna, Aspen, Rowan, Gina, Tooth, Carrie, Torsten, and Matt).

The kids all had a blast (enjoy the Sauna here):

And they especially enjoyed jumping over to the round dock–it not only made the mom’s scared, but even the dad’s were a bit worried–that’s how much fun it was! 🙂

 As always, check out the whole gallery.

Enjoying the Fairbanks Sun

Matt went up to Fairbanks for a two day NSF grant writing workshop, then Carrie and Torsten came up afterwards to enjoy some of the lovely August Fairbanks sun. It was perfect!!! Thanks to Don and Anne for everything–a place to stay, a car to drive, great hospitality, hosting a good potluck dinner to reconnect with friends, and gear loans! We owe you–come down to Juneau soon! Here’s Carrie enjoying the sun:

A few images from the potluck dinner:

It was especially great to meet Emilie (read her family blog at ).  Here are a few of our photos of the 4 day old:

A quick photo-nod to all the fun that Torsten and Sonja had in Anne and Don’s awesome new yard and house:

and a link to the whole gallery will wrap up this blog entry.

Boundary Waters canoe

 The canoe trip through the Boundary Waters in Minnesota was great.  The recipe for success was six adults, three 3-year-olds, two 1-year-olds, two big (18′, I think) canoes, lots of life jackets, not too many paddles, some fishing poles, lotsa bug spray and sun screen, and a little patience.  Add a portage and lunch break to taste. The results should look something like this:

The canoes were from Sawbill Canoeing outfitters. Most of our photos are from the portages and lunch breaks, but you can find all of them in the gallery by clicking on any of the pictures.

The portages went well, and we managed to make it all in a single hike (compared to one other group that did three hikes across!!)–thanks all to the experts Ellen and Greg.  Portaging the younger kids was more awkward than the canoes–not balanced, squiggly, prone to snoring.. They did schedule in a few rest breaks.

Carrie-ing a canoe

The canoeing was great, but exploring the shore and beach during a lunch break was fun as well (and photogenic).

What a great day with great friends!


We all went to Minnesota July 4-14 for a great vacation. First, we met up with Nana and visited family and friends in northern Minnesota (Aurora, Vermillion Lake, Ely..) This was lots of fun, and the start of some good lake time.

Next, we stayed at Nana’s friends Harry’s place on the shore of Lake Superior just outside of Grand Marais–a very nice place. Next we went to a cabin on Devil’s Track Lake and met up with Ellen, Greg, Taj, Mia, Kate, Tom, Janna, and Carmen.

Torsten and Taj were excited to see each other!

Torsten and Matt got some kayaking and fishing in, as a warm up for lots of time on the water during the whole vacation.

There was lots of good fishing going on from the docks:

The whole gang ate together (Carmen is hiding behind Carrie, Greg is taking the picture)

We got (Lake Superior) beach time with friends

And some good sleeping had to happen sometime:

Of course there was lots of canoeing

The day long canoe in the Boundary Waters was great, but that will get its own blog entry.  After the canoeing, it was time for an ice cream break:


Boundary Waters, preview

Carrie, Torsten, and Matt are all up in Minnesota for a good vacation–away from cell phones and internet (mostly).  We met up w/ Torsten’s Nana (Jaye) and saw lots of family on various Minnesota Lakes for three days.  Then we caught up with Kate, Tom, Ellen, Greg, and all the tykes.  We have six adults, three 3-year-olds, and two 1-year-olds.  Yesterday we had an awesome canoe through the boundary waters (all of the above in two canoes!?!), then last night the moms all went out for dinner and catching up while the dads fairly successfully got everyone fed and to sleep.  Here’s a photo preview, with much more to come:

A view in the canoe Playing during the lunch break